INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS: Garagistic 190e Lexan Window Kit Kit K0808
Table of Contents
- Tools Needed
Fitment Install Steps
- Step 1: OEM Window Removal
- Step 2: Transfer Frames to Lexan Windows
- Step 3: Drilling Windows
- Step 4: Reinstallation
- How to Care for Lexan Windows
What comes in the box?
- 2x Front Door Windows (Driver and Passenger)
- 2x Rear Door Windows (Driver and Passenger)
- 2x Rear Door Triangle Windows (Driver and Passenger Side)
- 10mm socket
- Philips screw driver
- Trim removal plastic tool
- Rivet gun (can use bolts if you don't have this)
These W201 windows are 4.5mm (.177") thick. Factory glass windows are 3.2mm thick, but we designed these to be 4.5 millimeters thick due to the FIA specifying an absolute MINIMUM thickness of 4mm for Lexan windows. You might need to sand edges down if your motor is weak and cannot push the thicker window up in the seal.
Please Note: If your window motors are weak to begin with, they will NEED to be replaced! The thicker windows need a healthy motor!
Please Note: Windows will arrive with backing on them that must be peeled off. We recomend that you do not remove until you install on car! Otherwise you risk scratching them on install.
Step 1: OEM Window Removal
- Remove front factory windows and door panels
- The front windows take about 10mins total.
- 1) Start by removing door panel and then the rubber trim on the outside and inside of the car (bottom of the window)
- 2) Use a 10mm socket to remove the bolt on the rail (lower windows all the way down and you will see it)
- 3) Rotate the window and you can pull window straight up.
- Rear window removal is similar to front.
- 1) Remove door panels.
- 2) Remove rubber trim at the bottom of the window (inside and outside of car)
- 3) Lower window all the way down to expose bolts you need to remove.
- 4) Remove the 10mm bolt holding the frame that divides the 1/4 and rear window. (Don't forget Philips that is hiding under the seal)
Step 2: Transfer frames to new Lexan windows (Optional)
- This step is optional and not needed if you don't plan to use factory window motors.
1) Remove frames guides from the factory windows by gently prying and lay the Lexan window over factory window frames to get placement.
*IMPORTANT* - Use marker to mark holes where to drill
NOTE: Rear triangle windows do not require any modification and should slide into place as the OEM window does
Step 3: Drilling Frame Holes
- 1) Drill holes in frame on the marks you made and install the factory frame guide onto the new Lexan window
- 2) Repeat for all windows, expect triangle windows
Step 4: Reinstallation
- 1) Reinstall the new window.
- Tip: Use lube on seals or it will be difficult to install!
- Recommended: Lube the motors while your in there!
How to Care For Lexan Windows
The #1 Problem we see is the use of incorrect cleaners. Never, ever, use cleaners containing ammonia. Cleaners such as Windex or 409 will harm your new windows!
- Only use products specifically recommended for cleaning polycarbonate such as Novus #1, or Brillianize, and a soft cloth.
Never use a dry cloth or your hand to clean your polycarbonate! This rubs the dirt and dust INTO the polycarbonate as much as it rubs it OFF.
How To Clean
- 1) Blow the dust or dirt off, or use water and a soft cloth to float the dirt off.
- 2) Use a recommended cleaner to complete the job.
- Note: a mild solution of dish detergent and warm water takes off stubborn dirt easily without harming the polycarbonate if you've run out of Novus #1 or Brillianize. When in doubt, use water and a soft cloth.
The #2 Problem with polycarbonate is Sunlight!
Windows are good for 3-5 years if you leave your car in direct sun! It will start to haze and discolor a bit. It does not lose its strength but is less transparent. This is something that happens to all Lexan windows! Don't be an animal! Cover or put your beloved Mercedes inside!